20 Attractive and Striking Black and White Websites

The possibilities for color in web design in 2010 are a long way from the limitations of the Web Safe Palette of a few years ago. Rather than being limited to 216 colors as we once were, we now have millions to choose from. But sometimes, distancing ourselves from all those options and designing in good old Black & White can result in some striking work.

The sites featured here don’t necessarily stand out just because of their limited color palette, as they are all expertly designed and laid out in different ways; but I think it’s most certainly a factor in the success of each and every one.

adkiivi

brianhoff

circus

demainjarrete

designbymusic

forrykt

invoicemachine

kardoayoub/

madebyon

marcuskraft

margaretlondon

marcecko

mashdesign.com

miguelbuckenmeyer

millionnyc

multitouch-barcelona

patrickfry

proudcreative

thegridsystem

your-majesty

Conclusion

Obviously these sites don’t all stick to just black and white; the Marc Ecko site, for example, uses dashes of yellow to highlight new content, while the Buckenmeyer & Co. site has a pink roundel to highlight the fact that it’s a new site.

Because these dashes of color are used sparingly, they arguably have more impact and draw the eye wherever necessary. Also, since websites typically feature much more color in their designs, the few sites that are largely limited to black and white (or grayscale) have more impact, and are arguably more memorable, for their limited palette.

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Robin Parker is a full-time Web Designer based in North Wales. You can follow Robin on Twitter or visit his web site.

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  1. Splendid collection of websites in black and white.. Marc Ecko has the best concept for me.

  2. This is a nice collection. I’m trying to post a black and white website once a day here http://whitepixel.tumblr.com/

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